So the recent Spoonflower design competition called for people to think about what the new ‘owl’ would be in the crafting world. Cause anyone who crafts and visits craft sites and blogs, knows that owls are hip. Hip like rich kids pretending to be poor and liking music you’ve never heard of. Hip like dressing like your dad used to dress in the 80’s and making sure everyone knows you’re doing it ‘ironically’. That’s how damn hip owls are. Spoonflower just wanted to take these hipsters down a peg I guess.
I had a bit of a think about what cute animal I’d like to see rendered in crochet, knit, crepe paper, macaroni, macrame, collage and gauche paints, and for some reason I went straight to Tarsiers. Because to me, Tarsiers are way too cute for their own good. Cute and creepy. An excellent combination in my opinion. I mean just look at this guy and try not to giggle/get creeped out:
Shush. He’s awesome and you know it.
Now I know that what I find cute is generally standing a long way away from what everyone else finds cute. I kept trying to tell myself that the Tarsier idea should go on the back-burner and I should choose another animal.
But the Tarsiers must be obeyed! I simply couldn’t resist the urge. So to try and make them appealing to others, I made them have a party and do cutesy party things. I’m sure given the chance, Tarsiers would party like, well, animals.
So I created 5 little guys to work into a pattern, and to have as a stand-alone design for other bits and bobs. I think they turned out kind of fun. I’m working on getting the design on a bunch of products about the place, and of course will update everyone as to when voting starts on the Spoonflower design competition. For now though, here is a little sample:
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Once again I’ve had a grand old time creating a design specifically for a Spoonflower weekly fabric competition.
This week’s theme was “cityscapes” and I just couldn’t resist showing off some of my favourite bits of architecture here in old Aarhus, Denmark.
The design, ‘Cycling Aarhus‘ is a simple repeating pattern of these favourite buildings, interspersed with the bicycles that are a permanent fixture of Danish society. The buildings featured include Aarhus Domkirke (The Cathedral), Toldboden (Royal Customs House) and Domhuset (The Courthouse). I’m guessing it would be perfect for curtains and interiors, for lovers of architecture, travellers, your Danish friends, cyclists, and anyone who enjoys simple line designs in pastel colours.
I think voting is open until Thursday, 19th of January 2012, so get in quick to cast your votes. You can vote for as many designs as you like, and be warned, there are some fabulous patterns on display, so you might want to put your drooling bib on.
Alternative voting link: http://www.spoonflower.com/contest_voters/new?contest_id=118
This design, and variations of it, is also now available in my webshops including Zazzle, Artflakes, Society6, RedBubble and Skreened. I’m also working on getting it made available on a bunch of products in my CafePress store too, but have not quite finished making all the images required. So stay tuned for more info on that.
Gone is the old white text on a black background and in comes the fresh new light page with darker texts.
The reason for my doing this is twofold.
First, it’s a whole new year and I felt like I needed a refreshing change. I work on these sites everyday and sometimes, a punch in the face with a re-design is just what one needs to keep sane and to rejuvenate.
Secondly. I am getting old, and all that white on black was hurting my eyes! My poor old person eyes! And if it’s hurting my eyes, I can only imagine how hard it is for folks with even older eyes than my to cope with it.
So welcome to the ‘New and Improved’ Lee Lee and the Bee network. Feel free to browse around all of my stores and profiles and let me know what you think.
This week’s spoonflower competition theme is ‘pointillism’, and I got dotty and entered. The character is an old one. One of the first little fella’s I places for sale at Lee Lee and the Bee way back when. But he is still ever so cute and I thought I would see if he would lend himself to the style. He did I think, and he looks chuffed about it.
The design is called Happy Pointillist Lobster and looks like the image below. You can either CLICK HERE TO VOTE, or click on the image to get started. You can vote for as many designs as you like so got nuts and have fun!
Oh, and you can check out the slideshow below to see the little guy on a bunch of products at Lee Lee and the Bee
Sites like Spoonflower and Illustration Friday are really proving to be great motivators and sources of inspiration for me when it comes to greating new designs. I really do like being given a topic and/or colour pallette to work with, and being challenged to come up with something original that suits the theme.
This week, it was the new Spoonflower competition, ‘Medieval’. This one was a fun little exercise and, thanks to being married to an archaeologist and having a house full of history books, I had a lot of resource material to work with.
My design, ‘Medieval Shoes‘, is a simple one. A random collection of colourful medieval shoe styles on a basic beige geometric background. I really wanted to go for something fun and whimsical, and think this design hit the spot. So…
Remember, you can vote for as many designs as you like. And let me tell you, there are some glorious entries this week!
The design has also been uploaded to Lee Lee and the Bee, and is now available on a wide range of fun and useful products.
A few weeks ago, I posted about a new design at Lee Lee and the Bee called ‘Atomic Wave’, well the competition at Spoonflower that I orginally crafted the design for is now open for voting!
There are some amazing designs in this group and it was really interesting to see what other designers did with the restricted colour pallette that the competition rules stipulated.
Just a reminder, my design looks like this:
Over on spoonflower, it is called “50’s Atomic wave” and you will see that it is by kasei_lee (hey…thats me! ;P ) . I would be hugely appreciative if folks would take a moment to vote. And remember, you can vote for as many designs as you like!
I tried my hand at another Spoonflower competition yesterday. Ths one was palette restricted to just 4 colours and had to encompass the theme ‘The Fifties’. The colour restriction was actually a little difficult to work around, but a great fun challenge none the less.
I decided on using some simple geometric shapes to emulate the atomic/sputnik-esque style designs that were popular around the late fifties, and was actually quite pleased with the result.
My latest design at ‘Lee Lee and the Bee’ is another tribute to my love of all things steampunk! A Hardcore Steampunk skull, crossbones and batwing motif in riveted copper and blue leather.
‘You and Me’ is a simple digital painting of a sweet young couple enjoying a loving embrace. Nothing says love more than the security and comfort gained from a simple hug, and this design trys to convey that message.
The perfect Valentine’s Day image for that special someone perhaps?
The ‘You and Me’ range
A note about t-shirts and clothing: At Lee Lee and the Bee, you will usually only find my designs on a black shirt and a white shirt. This is so that you can see how they will look on dark and light apparel. Of course, thanks to the beauty of Zazzle, you can choose to have the design on any one of the huge variety of styles, colours and sizes available. The product page for the t-shirts and clothing items will have all the information you need to make a wise purchase. The choices are endless, so go right ahead and mix and match until you find just what you’re looking for!
‘You and me’ – wedding products
The couple at the center of the ‘You and Me’ design also lend themselves nicely to wedding invitations and save the date announcements. Remember that the texts, background colours and images on all of the ‘Lee Lee and the Bee’ products are customiseable, so it is easy to personalise any design to suit your needs. It’s as simple as clicking the ‘CUSTOMISE IT’ button on the product page.